Irish coffee – An excellent warming alcoholic cocktail based on coffee, whipped cream and Irish whiskey.
Food Recipes for St. Patrick's Day
What to Cook for St. Patrick's Day?
There are a variety of Irish dishes you can cook for St. Patrick's Day. For this holiday, you can cook such dishes as Irish mashed potatoes, cabbage with bacon, colcannon, green creamy zucchini soup, cabbage with corned beef. Also for this holiday you can prepare such recipes as Irish pork with whiskey, Irish roast with beer, Irish lamb, shepherd's casserole, boxty, Irish soda bread, mint chocolate chip cookies, and, of course, Irish coffee.
Traditional St. Patrick's Day Recipes
Traditionally, Irish cuisine is cooked on St. Patrick's Day. One of the traditional dishes for this holiday is cabbage with corned beef or bacon; in general, many meat dishes are prepared for St. Patrick's Day. Another culinary tradition of St. Patrick's Day is the use of beer or whiskey as one of the ingredients in recipes. The range of traditional Irish dishes for St. Patrick's Day is quite wide - Irish mashed potatoes and cabbage with bacon or corned beef, Irish pork with whiskey and Irish roast with beer, green creamy zucchini soup and shepherd's pie, Irish lamb, colcannon and boxty, Irish soda bread, mint chocolate chip cookies and Irish coffee.. Traditional drinks for St. Patrick's Day are whiskey and beer.
Traditions and Celebration of St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated annually on March 17 in honor of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. He is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland, opening hundreds of churches and baptizing thousands of Irish people with his own hands. Patrick died on March 17, 493 (or 461) and was canonized as a saint, and this was done before the division of the Christian Church into Western and Eastern, so Saint Patrick is revered by both churches.
The Irish first began celebrating St. Patrick's Day back in the tenth and eleventh centuries; over time, this holiday began to be celebrated not only in Ireland, but also in other countries where people from Ireland lived. St. Patrick's Day became a public holiday in Ireland in 1903, and almost immediately a law was passed prohibiting pubs from opening on the day, due to the Irish drinking too much alcohol during St. Patrick's Day celebrations. However, drinking whiskey and beer is today one of the traditions of this holiday.
There are many legends associated with the life and missionary work of St. Patrick, including how he explained the essence of the trinity to the pagans using a clover leaf, and that he brought writing to Ireland, taught how to brew beer and drove away all the snakes. Legends are legends, so as not to be completely reliable, but to this day a mug of beer and a clover shamrock are the main symbols of the celebration of St. Patrick's Day.
Like any other holiday, St. Patrick's Day is surrounded by many traditions. People believe that on this day you must drink at least one glass of alcohol when going to any pub. Traditionally, people drank whiskey on this day, but then preference began to shift to beer. According to one tradition, a special “Patrick’s Glass” was used for drinking, in which, before the last portion of whiskey, you need to put a clover leaf and drink the whiskey - drain the shamrock, which then needs to be thrown over your left shoulder. This holiday is not spared from culinary traditions; one of its features is that, although St. Patrick's Day falls during Lent, many meat dishes are prepared on this day. I justify this popular belief by the fact that St. Patrick turns all the meat into fish on this day - a very convenient tradition.
Another St. Patrick's Day tradition is the use of the color green, which dates back to the seventeenth century. In addition, a trefoil is attached to clothes - another symbol of the holiday. In addition, the symbols of St. Patrick's Day are a harp, an oak or thorn staff with a curved end, as well as leprechauns - fairy-tale creatures that keep treasures.